April 22, 2014
HACP to Open Lottery for Housing Choice Voucher Program
April 28 – May 11, 2014
The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) will help address the city’s growing demand for affordable housing by opening its Housing Choice Voucher Program to new applicants, with the goal of adding 5,000 families to its waiting list through a lottery system. Applications will be accepted online between April 28 and May 11, 2014. At the conclusion of the application period, a lottery process will determine which applicants will be placed on the HACP’s waiting list as well as the order of placement on the list.
As rental prices continue to rise and the city’s stock of affordable housing becomes increasingly scarce, HACP anticipates that up to 20,000 applications will be submitted for the lottery. In order to accommodate the high volume of applications, HACP will be using an online-only application system, housed at: http://www.hacp.org/housing-options/housing-vouchers/hcv-waitinglist.
Applications can be submitted from any public or personal computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access. Individuals without immediate internet access can find out more information about the application process by calling the Housing Choice Voucher Program Lottery Hotline at 1-855-781-8894, available 24 hours a day.
“Pittsburgh families are in dire need of affordable housing options and re-opening the HCV Waiting List should provide relief to the thousands of individuals struggling to find an affordable place to call home,” HACP Executive Director Caster D. Binion said.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program lottery application period will begin at exactly 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014 and will close promptly at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, May 11, 2014. Applications may be submitted any time during the two-week period. There is no benefit to when or where an applicant submits their information so long as it is fully completed and submitted before the deadline.